Becoming an advocate takes no special training. All you need to start is passion and a belief you can help. There are, however, resources that can make your job easier whether you are advocating on behalf of your child or for a broader cause. These resources can help you focus your passion in to action.
Funded by a grant from the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities, Advocacy U is a free online training resource. It is a Texas based resource that seeks to:
- Support and promote persons with disabilities, their family members, and allies as leaders and active participants in the disability rights movement;
- Provide access to a wide variety of advocacy training material, resources, and information; and
- Serve as a clearinghouse for collecting, organizing, and sharing advocacy information from contributors located within and outside of Texas.
Partners in Policymaking
Advocates for children with disabilities often neglect to forge alliances with like-minded individuals in their own communities. One way to get advocacy training is to participate in the Partners in Policymaking program. Partners in Policymaking programs teach participants how to network and share resources. The program provides leadership training for parents of children with disabilities and people with disabilities. Participants attend advocacy skill workshops, resource development, and leadership skills training.Sessions take place over a period of several months so participants must be willing to make a commitment of time, motivation and energy. Expenses for training, lodging, meals and travel are provided through the program.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys visit Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics.
Texas Parent to Parent
As part of this program, TxP2P offers training at no charge to professionals, parents, and parent groups across Texas in English and Spanish. These trainings cover all regions of the state. A complete list of current presentations is available for download. Training topics may include the following and much more:
- Telling Your Story
- Medical Home
- Medicaid Waiver Programs
- Community Resources
- Private Insurance Issues
- Plan for Achieving Self Sufficiency (PASS)
- Health Care Transition Process: Pediatric to Adult
- CARE Plan Notebooks
- Understanding & Empathizing with Parents
- Person Centered Planning
- Family Support
- Stages of Grief & Adaptation
- Starting Parent Groups